Office of Special Education Programs
Preparation of Educational Interpreters
at the Associate and Baccalaureate Levels
A four-year federal grant (2010 - 2013) from the U. S. Department of Education was awarded to the Interpreter Education Program. Out of the many agencies across the country specifically designed to deal with numerous levels of disabilities competing for federal funds, UALR-IEP was in a select group of 9 agencies funded. The OSEP grant is designated for preparing interpreters to work in educational settings. Funds provides scholarships to eligible candidates with priority given to applicants in the 5-state region (AR, LA, OK, NM, and TX).
Students who wish to receive funding submit an application to the Program Coordinator. UALR-IEP staff carefully review all new applicants for each semester selected by the applicant. The number of students funded depends upon the number of applications received and on the current year’s funding.
The grant provides financial support for students across the five-state region for the B. A. Degree in Interpretation: ASL/English. This program includes specialized courses in educational interpreting, within an 18-hour minor in educational interpreting.
Recipients of these traineeships must agree to work with students who qualify for services under IDEA and Section 504 (birth through transition). Recipients must work two years for each year of funding received (2:1) or be responsible for repaying the money to the federal government.
Funding from this grant will assist in increasing the number of qualified educational interpreters for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in school districts throughout Arkansas and the surrounding states. The grant (renewed each year) is awarded for years 2010 through 2013.
If you would like additional information, please contact Raphael James at (501) 569-3169. To apply for funding, please download and complete the OSEP Application Form, three Recommendation Forms and email them to Jami Hollingsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.